Fyodor Mikhaylovich Smolov (Russian: Фёдор Миха́йлович Смо́лов, IPA: [ˈfʲɵdər mʲɪˈxajɫəvʲɪtɕ ˈsmoɫəf], born 9 February 1990) is a Russian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Russian Premier League club Lokomotiv Moscow and Russia.
Smolov with Lokomotiv Moscow in 2018
|Full name||Fyodor Mikhailovich Smolov|
|Date of birth||9 February 1990|
|Place of birth||Saratov, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|2010||→ Feyenoord (loan)||11||(1)|
|2012–2013||→ Anzhi Makhachkala (loan)||15||(0)|
|2014||→ Anzhi Makhachkala (loan)||11||(2)|
|2014–2015||→ Ural Yekaterinburg (loan)||22||(8)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 April 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21 March 2019
Smolov is a graduate of the Master-Saturn Yegoryevsk football academy. In 2007, he joined Dynamo Moscow. On 14 July 2010, the club announced that Smolov would join Feyenoord on a one-year loan deal. Returning from loan, Smolov started 2011–12 season as a squad player, but after 9 matchdays his impact was limited to substitute appearances. So he was loaned again, this time to Anzhi Makhachkala - initially for whole 2012–13 season, and then for the second part of 2013–14 season. During this time, he played with such players as Samuel Eto'o, Willian and Lassana Diarra.
Loan to UralEdit
On 1 September 2014, Smolov joined Ural Yekaterinburg on a season-long loan deal. Two weeks later, on his new club debut, he scored a goal in a 1–2 away loss to Amkar Perm. He played a major role in the season, providing 8 goals and 2 assists in 22 league appearances for Ural.
On 2 June 2015, Smolov signed a four-year contract with the Russian Premier League club Krasnodar as a free agent. He made his competitive debut for his new club in a 1–0 away victory over Amkar Perm in his first league match on 20 July 2015, and scored his first goal in a 3–3 draw against Slovan Bratislava in the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round on 6 August.
On 10 April 2016, Smolov scored four goals in Krasnodar's 6–0 victory over his former club Ural Yekaterinburg. With 20 goals in 29 games, he became the top scorer of the 2015–16 Russian Premier League season, and he is the first Krasnodar player who achieved this title. He repeated as top scorer in the 2016–17 Russian Premier League, scoring 18 times. In the 2017–18 Russian Premier League, he came in second with 14 goals to Quincy Promes' 15.
Smolov was a part of the Russia Under-21 side that was competing in the 2011 European Under-21 Championship qualification. He was an important factor in U-21 team qualifying for the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship in the next cycle, scoring three goals in the qualification play-offs against Czech Republic.
On 6 November 2012, Russia manager Fabio Capello included Smolov in the squad for a friendly game against the United States. During the game, he made his debut and scored his first goal for the national team, netting the opener in a 2–2 home draw on 14 November.
Smolov scored his first competitive goal for the national team in a 7–0 away victory against Liechtenstein in a Euro 2016 qualifier on 8 September 2015. He was subsequently included in Russia's squad for the final tournament in France, where he started in all three matches as Russia finished 4th in the group B.
In the opening match of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup against New Zealand on 17 June at Krestovsky Stadium, Smolov scored Russia's second goal in a 2–0 win and was awarded as a Man of the Match.
On 11 May 2018, he was included in Russia's extended 2018 FIFA World Cup squad. On 3 June 2018, he was included in the finalized World Cup squad. He started the tournament-opener game against Saudi Arabia and appeared as a substitute in every Russia's subsequent game. He scored the opening penalty kick in the shoot-out that helped Russia defeat Spain in the Round of 16, but had his shot saved by Danijel Subašić in the quarterfinal shoot-out which Russia lost to Croatia.
Smolov is fluent in English and has read the books by Mario Puzo in the original language. Since 2012, he was in a relationship with Russian model and TV hostess Victoria Lopyreva. The couple got married in December 2013 but then divorced in May 2015. He supports AC Milan since 1997–98 season and once cited George Weah and Andriy Shevchenko as his childhood favorite players. On 1 August 2018, Smolov crashed his BMW M5 into a traffic barrier in Krasnodar. He was later fined and had his driver's license suspended for one year for leaving the scene of accident.
- As of 13 May 2018
|Dynamo Moscow||2007||Russian Premier League||3||0||0||0||—||3||0|
|Anzhi Makhachkala (loan)||2012–13||Russian Premier League||15||0||3||0||8||1||26||1|
|Ural Yekaterinburg (loan)||2014–15||Russian Premier League||22||8||1||0||—||23||8|
|Krasnodar||2015–16||Russian Premier League||29||20||3||1||12||3||44||24|
- As of 7 July 2018
- Scores and results list Russia's goal tally first.
|1.||14 November 2012||Kuban Stadium, Krasnodar, Russia||United States||1–0||2–2||Friendly|
|2.||19 November 2013||Zabeel Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates||South Korea||1–1||2–1|
|3.||8 September 2015||Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein||Liechtenstein||5–0||7–0||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying|
|4.||17 November 2015||Olimp-2, Rostov-on-Don, Russia||Croatia||1–0||1–3||Friendly|
|5.||26 March 2016||Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow, Russia||Lithuania||1–0||3–0|
|6.||6 September 2016||Lokomotiv Stadium, Moscow, Russia||Ghana||1–0||1–0|
|7.||5 June 2017||Groupama Arena, Budapest, Hungary||Hungary||1–0||3–0|
|8.||17 June 2017||Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia||New Zealand||2–0||2–0||2017 FIFA Confederations Cup|
|9.||7 October 2017||VEB Arena, Moscow, Russia||South Korea||1–0||4–2||Friendly|
|10.||14 November 2017||Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia||Spain||1–2||3–3|
|12.||27 March 2018||Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia||France||1–2||1–3|
- Dynamo Moscow
- Anzhi Makhachkala
- "2018 FIFA World Cup: List of players" (PDF). FIFA. 17 June 2018. p. 24.
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- Федор СМОЛОВ АРЕНДОВАН "АНЖИ" (in Russian). FC Dynamo Moscow. 10 July 2012.
- Федор Смолов - в "Анжи" (in Russian). FC Dynamo Moscow. 29 January 2014.
- ""Урал" взял в аренду Федора Смолова" (in Russian). FC Ural Yekaterinburg. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
- "Федор Смолов забил первый гол за "Урал" в матче с "Амкаром"" (in Russian). Sverdlovsk Oblast Television. 15 September 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
- "Смолов подписал контракт с "Краснодаром" на четыре года" (in Russian). Championat.com. 2 June 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
- "Выстрел Петрова принес "быкам" 3 очка на старте чемпионата" (in Russian). FC Krasnodar. 20 July 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
- "Смолов забил свой первый гол за "Краснодар"" (in Russian). Championat.com. 6 August 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
- ""Быки" разгромили "шмелей", Смолов оформил "покер"" (in Russian). FC Krasnodar. 10 April 2016. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
- "Федор Смолов – в "Локомотиве"!" (in Russian). FC Lokomotiv Moscow. 9 August 2018.
- "Russia Under-21 Squad". UEFA. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
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- "Russia 2-2 USA - as it happened". The Guardian. 14 November 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2016.
- "Liechtenstein 0 - 7 Russia - Match Report & Highlights". Sky Sports. 8 September 2015. Retrieved 16 December 2016.
- "Состав сборной России на ЕВРО-2016" (in Russian). Russian Football Union. 21 May 2016. Retrieved 16 December 2016.
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- "Расширенный состав для подготовки к Чемпионату мира" (in Russian). Russian Football Union. 11 May 2018.
- Заявка сборной России на Чемпионат мира FIFA 2018 (in Russian). Russian Football Union. 3 June 2018.
- Алексеев, Пётр (14 January 2008). "Смолов: братьев Комбаровых уже различаю" (in Russian). Championat.com. Retrieved 16 December 2016.
- "Смолов и Лопырева расстались" (in Russian). Sport-Express. 16 May 2015. Retrieved 16 December 2016.
- "Smolov's license is suspended". RIA Novosti. 9 August 2018. (in Russian)
- "Fedor Smolov". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
- "Fyodor Smolov - Soccerway profile". soccerway.com.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Fyodor Smolov.|
- Player page on the official FC Dynamo Moscow site (in Russian)
- Player page on the official Russian Premier League site (in Russian)
- Fyodor Smolov – UEFA competition record